Baltimore Orioles send top three prospects to minor leagues


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After the Baltimore Orioles defeated the Philadelphia Phillies by a score of 16-4 in the Grapefruit League, the Orioles made three roster moves and cut three of their top prospects. Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey, and Christian Walker were sent to the minor leagues and cut from Baltimore’s spring training roster on Monday.

Dylan Bundy was optioned to Double-A Bowie while Christian Walker was sent to Triple-A Norfolk. Hunter Harvey was reassigned to minor league camp.

Bundy, the organization’s No. 1 prospect, made his first big league camp appearance since undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2013. He pitched in four games with the Orioles and went six complete innings. He posted a 6.00 ERA surrendering four earned runs with three strikeouts and four walks. Bundy is expected to join the Baltimore Orioles’ roster at some point this season.

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Harvey, the organization’s No. 2 prospect, made his major league camp debut with the Orioles this year. In his first three Grapefruit League games, he pitched three innings, giving up just one hit and one run (unearned). Harvey struck out four batters in these games and walked two. He is expected to make his major league debut during the 2017 season.

Walker, the Orioles’ No. 3 prospect, did not hit well this spring after having such a great 2014 season which culminated in him making his major league debut back in September. The first baseman recorded just one hit in 12 at-bats with Baltimore in the Grapefruit League. He struck out three times and walked only once. Walker is another player the Orioles hope to bring back up to the major league level at some point this upcoming season.

The Orioles’ roster now has 45 players on it and manager Buck Showalter explained that he will not be making any more cuts for a while.

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